Multifunctionality in maize production systems in the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca Multifunctionality in corn production systems in the mixteca alta region Oaxaca

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SAUL UGALDE LEZAMA
Uriel Marcos-Rivera https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4670-7135
Eduardo Valdés-Velarde
Luis A. Tarango-Arámbula
Julio C. Buendía-Espinoza

Keywords

Intercropped milpa, MIAF system, multifunctional agriculture

Resumen

Objective: To infer the role of multifunctionality in the milpa systems of the Mixteca Alta region of Oaxaca, Mexico.


Design/Methodology/Approach: The methodological framework of the Multifunctionality Index of Agricultural Production Systems (IMSPA) was used, applying semi-structured interviews to producers.


Results: The multifunctionality level of each evaluated systems was determined and the Milpa Intercropped with Fruit Trees (MIAF) showed the greatest multifunctionality and potential attributes for local development.


Study Limitations/Implications: The resistance among producers to make changes in their plots usually leads to a refusal to participate and to mistrust this type of research.


Findings/Conclusions: It is necessary to follow up on multifunctionality evaluations, since some systems are at a point where their functions can advance or regress.

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